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The White House puts its best Obamacare minds behind cleaning up the 401(k) business -- starting by issuing a withering memo

The executive branch's endorsement of the fiduciary rule is based on finding that Americans may have to work for an extra three years because of Wall Street overbilling

Author Lisa Shidler January 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM
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Jason Furman's memo: The proposal allows businesses to continue using existing, conflicted business models but requires that they adopt additional consumers protections such as ensuring advisors follow a best interest standard.

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Stephen Winks

Stephen Winks

February 3, 2015 — 10:40 PM

Finally, doing the right thing is about to be institutionalized. For brokers who do not believe their advice is conflicted, the door is open for competing advisors to elaborate what the conflicts are and how they do not accrue to the best interest of the investing public. It will be interesting how brokers defend their not being accountable for their recommendations (triggering fiduciary responsibility or not having any ongoing responsibility for their recommendations (difference between suitability and fiduciary standard).

Essentially, individual brokers have no control over their value proposition, cost structure, margins or professional standing. The institutionalized obstruction to the broker doing the right thing in the client’s best interest is about to end. This will increasingly be the differentiating topic in the minds of all consumers.

The brokerage industry is about to understand it is not possible to add value if it does not acknowledge or support advice being rendered by its brokers. The ramifications of thwarting the fiduciary standard, are about to be heard clear and loud.


Paul Puckett

Paul Puckett

January 29, 2016 — 10:40 PM

Is this headline intended to engender confidence in the proposed DOL Rule?

Brooke Southall

Brooke Southall

January 29, 2016 — 10:48 PM


But of course!

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